I want you to know how lucky you are. I want you to know it deep down in your soul and feel it in the whole of your heart. I want you to always know it and forever feel it.
You guys turned two today. Not a milestone birthday by any means, except maybe for me and your dad. You see, we never expected to meet you. We never thought you’d be here. But here you are, in all your hilarious, messy glory. Your first year was hard for everyone. Dad and I had no idea what we were doing. I struggled with anxiety-filled postpartum depression. We weren’t quite sure how to handle the doubling size of our family; emotionally, physically, financially. But this last year has been nothing short of spectacular. And it’s true what everyone says; you do grow up too fast. How are you two already? Can it be true that we’ve spent 730 days together? It must be but it’s an overwhelming thought.
This last year has been full of growth, not only for you but for your dad and I too. Suddenly you’re walking, then running. You have personalities that are so distinct and even more opposite. Little man, you love to figure things out. How does that work? What if I take it apart? What will I find if I open this door or climb up here? You’re studious and thoughtful and so very patient. There’s a good chance you’ll become an engineer like your Grandpa. Lady baby, you have an endless supply of cuddles. You never run out of kisses. I firmly believe you would sit in your Dad’s arms with your thumb in your mouth and blanket wrapped around you all day if he didn’t have to go to work. And books, you love books. Both of you. We could read them all and then read them all again and you still wouldn’t get tired of hearing them.
To celebrate, we threw a small party for you today. There were gifts and cake and hours of giggles. But most importantly, there were the people in your life who care for you with their whole being. We were surrounded by our tribe. And I know the right people are in that tribe because you love them all just as much as they love you. There was no stress about making sure the house was clean or the cake was perfect (which it was not but who cares, it’s cake!) You played with the other kids and shared everything with them without jealousy. You sat on everyone’s lap, doling out kisses to whomever needed one. You were showered with love and disciplined if Dad and I weren’t watching. And in your own little ways, you showed your appreciation to each of them. Today was perfect in every way. Because the people in our life make it that way and because you already seem to know that, even at such a young age.
A number of very important people were missing today. Specifically our family in Saskatchewan who, I know, were very sad they couldn’t join in your fun. But they were thinking of you all day and will be here soon with hugs and kisses galore. A few of your close friends were also unable to join us but we have made sure to set up get togethers with them soon. Sometimes life prevents us from being together physically but your family and friends always have you in their hearts. A valuable life lesson on which you both will come to understand and take comfort in.
For all these reasons you are the luckiest kids alive. Dad and I have made sure that our extended family share our own values and dreams for you. Please know that the people we have introduced into your life will always love you. They will support your dreams and help make your wishes come true. They will praise your triumphs, soften your falls and redirect your wrong-doings. They do these things because they want the best for you. So on your birthday today and every year forward, we all wish for you to stay happy, curious and kind. And to never forget that there is an entire group of people who have your back.Tags: birthday, emotional, friendships, grand-parents, Parenthood, support, thank-you, twins